Council sets its 2011/12 budget

LABOUR-led Falkirk Council has set its budget for the forthcoming year. The Council Tax will be frozen for the next year – but some fees and charges will increase.

Councillors were told that a reducing government grant and other financial pressures meant that the authority had a £8.5 million funding gap.

Labour Councillor Craig Martin, Leader of Falkirk Council said: “Achieving this year’s budget has been a balancing act between maintaining services, protecting jobs and  meeting Government-set savings of around £8.5 million.

“At the same time we continue to face acute financial pressures including increased energy costs, rising homelessness, and caring for children and the elderly.”

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